The Little Series

Seeking the Spirit

Study Material for One's Inner Way

Compiled by Helmut von Kügelgen

From the works of Rudolf Steiner and others

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The Little Series is filled with potent "seed-books," books whose contents are such that the reading of them places drops of wisdom and love into the human heart.  These drops are then shared through our lives with others who may know nothing of them, yet be fed by them nonetheless.

Such a book is Seeking the Spirit, a compilation of meditations and exercises from Rudolf Steiner that is accompanied by readings and thoughts from the great spiritual works of the world.  It is beautiful and glowing with love, a source of strength between two covers.

Love - Volume 9 of the Little Series

From the Work of Rudolf Steiner
Volume 9 in the Original Little Series
Compiled by
Helmut von Kügelgen

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To read this powerful little book is to enter a space of quiet, calm reassurance; of peaceful strength. Just what all of us need to walk through our lives with warmth and uprightness. Thank you, again, Herr von Kügelgen!

Contents:

  • Words for teachers
  • We found a path
  • Ideas - Vessels wrought from love
  • Love born from understanding
  • Michael and the love for the outer world
  • Truth wrought words
  • Harmonious cooperation is grace
  • Love and trust - Moral impulses for the future
  • Devotion to the outer world is love
  • Love and harmony - Couldn't it be so?
  • Spatial barriers separate and protect us
  • Where I direct my gaze
  • To be free means to be able to die - To be able to love means to be able to live
  • Love - Memory - Freedom
  • The third realm of evil
  • The teacher's prayer and a leaven in social life
  • Memory and Love
  • Spiritual freedom and love of the deed

Spiritual Insights

From the Work of Rudolf Steiner Volume 1 of The Little Series

Compiled by Helmut von Kügelgen

Translated with permission of the author's estate by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)

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In general, I am not a fan of excerpts, but this little book is so outstanding that I'm happily setting aside my usual preferences. Helmut von Kügelgen has gathered together meditations, exercises, thoughts by Rudolf Steiner that are so powerfully alive that the book itself practically vibrates with the excitement of imminent discovery. I think it would be possible to work with this book for years without exhausting your interest or plumbing its full depths.

The author's loved Waldorf Education, and especially the kindergarten very much - as he gathered these meditations and exercises, the thought in his mind and heart was always that the book would be service to teachers bringing this education to the coming generations. A very beautiful book!

Christmas - Volume 3 of the Little Series

From the work of Rudolf Steiner

Compiled by Helmut von Kügelgen

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These little books created by Helmut von Kügelgen are just amazing - each and every one of them was compiled with an eye toward the soul needs of teachers. The outcome is that each and every one of them carries within it such warmth, such heart-opening goodness, such hope and love, that they meet not just the needs of teachers, but of all of us.

Christmas is densely packed with meditations on the meaning of the seasons, the Gospel stories of Christmas, prayers and verses of resounding simplicity and richness, even a St. Nicolas celebration for children by von Kügelgen makes an appearance.

The tenderness and depth of Christmas is of a nature that extends well beyond a time of year -- as, in fact, the original Christmas has done.

Contents:

  • How to Work with This Booklet
  • The Four Different Accounts of Christmas in the Gospels
  • Universal Verse for the Earth
  • The Gospel of St. John
  • The Christmas Conference 1923/1924
  • Christmas Verse
  • Verses from the Calendar of the Soul
  • The Etheric Body as a Reflection of the Universe
  • Wisdom, Power and Love
  • In Praise of Love
  • The Armour of God - Verse by Angelus Silesius
  • Universal Verse for Our Earth
  • Freedom and Peaceful Collaboration
  • Isis, Sophia and Maria Unified in Love through the Child
  • Forces of Child and Forces of Eternity
  • The Birth of Christ in the Human Soul
  • The Christ-Impulse throughout History
  • Peace on Earth
  • Summer and Winter/New Year's Eve and the Holy Nights
  • Verses by Angelus Silesius
  • The First Gift
  • The Nicholas Messenger
  • Apocalyptic Advent Gospel - Gospel Texts for Advent, Christmas time, Epiphany and Beyond

St. Martin

#10 of the Little Series

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Deepen your understanding of the human heart as expressed through St. Martin.  This lovely little book offers legends, history, insights into the life and meaning of St. Martin.  With its contents in your heart, your next November 11 Lantern Walk will be a source of richness and renewal.  Truly a beautiful book.

Michaelmas

From the Work of Rudolf Steiner
Volume 7 in the Original Little Series

Compiled by
Helmut von Kügelgen

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To our eye, Helmut von Kügelgen has succeeded in putting between two modest covers the deepest, most useful and most beautiful thoughts, essays, imaginations, verses and observations of Rudolf Steiner on the subject of Michaelmas and the Archangel Michael. This is a heart-opening, invigorating anthology.

Sample Contents:

  • How to Use This Booklet
  • Anthroposophy and the Human Gemüt
  • Michael's Battle with the Dragon
  • Twelve Verses from the Calendar of the Soul
  • Michaelmas Verse
  • The Michael Festival in the Course of the Year
  • Enthusiasm and the Consciousness o fthe Waldorf Teacher
  • Healthy and Ill instead of True and False
  • The Fine Weaving of the Spiritual in the Material
  • The Battle of Michael Described for the Waldorf Teacher
  • Truth-Wrought Pictures of Michael and the Growth of Human Freedom
  • Michael-Imagination
  • On the Genesis of Evil
  • Threefolding and the Michael Festival of the Future
  • Easter and Michaelmas
  • Trust in Spirit Bring Michael-Strength
  • Michael's Ascent to Time Spirit and His Battle with the Dragon
  • The Art of Education: Bulding the Vehicle in which Michael Will Ride into Our Civilization
  • On the Being of Michael - His Gaze - Rejection of Nationalism
  • The Message of Michael
  • The Equilibrium Between Lucifer and Ahriman through Christ
  • A Picture of Equilibrium
  • On the Mystery of Michael
  • From the New Testament

Working with the Dead

Volume 2 of The Little Series

Gathered from the Writings of Rudolf Steiner by Helmut von Kügelgen

Translated with permission of the author's estate by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)

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This is a beautiful book and a fitting companion to Volume 1 (Spiritual Insights) of WECAN's Little Series. Joan Almon's Preface to Working with the Dead really says it all:

Since the following passages were written, Helmut von Kügelgen crossed the threshold of death. On 25 February, 1998, at age 81, he experienced his birth into the spirit lands he loved so dearly. Less than a year before, at the Whitsun kindergarten conference, he spoke to us with passion ringing in his voice and said, "The spirit is not over there. It is here!" During those days he shared this realization with us several times. He spoke in the spirit of the Gospels which say, "Look not for the realm of the spirit outside yourselves, for it is among you." But he also spoke as if the veil which usually separates the spiritual world from the earthly had grown thin and translucent for him. The spiritual was now ever-present for him. Over the years we had watched his body grow frailer while his spirit grew stronger. he had prepared himself well for his journey into the spiritual world.

This booklet, along with the others he so lovingly compiled in the "Little Series," is being made available to the English speaking world both in memory of his service on the earth and in recognition of his continued activity in the spiritual worlds. The work such a soul performs on behalf of humanity does not come to an end with so-called death. It continues on, and we are privileged to work with him - and with the legions of others who are active on the other side of the threshold. We can be grateful that in this booklet Helmut von Kügelgen compiled such riches from the work of Rudolf Steiner to show us the way to work with those who have died to the earth but who are born into the spiritual.

Joan Almon Easter, 2000

I would like to add that Helmut von Kügelgen gathered these excerpts specifically with the work of the Waldorf teacher in mind. He included a personal letter to teachers, mothers, fathers and colleagues in the kindergarten by way of introducing the pedagogical intent of Working with the Dead.

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